Eastbourne is now in full swing as the women fight for their place in the quarterfinals as they prepare for Wimbledon. Day three saw wins for Monica Puig, Agnieszka Radwanska, Johanna Konta, Dominika Cibulkova, Kristina Mladenovic and Elena Vesnina at the women’s tennis tournament.
The two remaining matches, which saw Karolina Pliskova face Misaki Doi and Andrea Petkovic battle Ekaterina Makarova were both suspended over night due to rain.
How they won
British number one Johanna Konta came from behind to beat former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova. Konta won 5-7 6-4 6-0 against the world number 11 as she broke Kvitova’s serve in the fifth game of the second set to spark her come back in the match, even though she lead the first set 5-2. Konta will face either Petkovic or Makarova who also secured their place in the quarterfinals earlier today.
Unseeded Caroline Wozniacki, however, crashed out of the tournament as she lost 6-4 3-6 4-6 to Monica Puig. Wozniacki, is struggling to regain form after missing an entire season with an ankle injury and has managed just three wins in three tournaments since her return. Puerto Rican, Puig battled for two and a quarter hours to beat Wozniacki, who won the tournament in 2009. Puig double faulted on her first of two match points but finished the match with her eight ace.
Number one seed Agnieska Radwanska cruised to a 6-3 6-3 win over Eugenie Bouchard. The Pole is competing for the tenth time on the south coast and will face 12th seed Dominika Cibulkova in the quarterfinals. Slovakian Cibulkova won her match against Kateryna Bondarenko 7-6 (3) 6-3.
Kristina Mladenovic of France secured a win against Anna-Lena Friedsam 6-4 7-6 (4) as the two met for the first time. Mladenovic is yet to drop a set, as she records her seventh win on grass this season and will face Puig on Thursday. The Frenchwoman trailed in the first set before coming back into the set. The game however was not done an dusted easily as she was dragged to a tie breaker to win the match.
Elena Vesnina also secured a win as she beat Madison Brengle 7-6 (2), 6-4. Vesnina will face either Doi or Pliskova in the next round at Devonshire Park.